Michael Kors released this bag during mother's day for 2011, named of course after his mother Joan Kors. He stated "My mother travels constantly and loves the idea of a bag that’s both utilitarian and luxurious, so I created the Joan Bag for her".
I bought mine recently when I was down in the states and love it! It's just the right size for day to day use (found the hamilton just too large for me) and fits a 8.5x11 notebook perfectly. I didn't buy it in Canada cause they don't have the gold hardware at the stores in toronto but I was so happy to see it at a store in Miami. I also got it on sale (even better!). Sits on my desk here at the office.
Update on my bag. Unfortunately I discovered a growing rip on the lining near the top of the bag :(( ! Had to contact MK to see if they would replace it since I've only had this bag for 3 months and for it to rip without any abusive usage is just disappointing. Going to have to ship it to their Montreal office but sadly they tell me this bag is no longer available... so they'd only be able to provide a different replacement bag.
Really disappointed but hoping I just got a lemon and MK can redeem themselves!
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